Program Information

ARRIVE: Sunday, July 14, 2019 DEPART: Sunday, July 28th, 2019 Applications for AlpenKammerMusik are due by February 15, 2019.

AlpenKammerMusik’s strength lies in its diversity. We have had participants as young as 18, as well as participants in their 80s. Whether you are an undergraduate student at a conservatory, a member of an emerging string quartet, or a dedicated amateur, AlpenKammerMusik can provide a level of collaboration and instruction that will appropriately challenge you.

  • Participants are placed in 2-3 carefully chosen groups which have daily rehearsals. Most groups will include a member of our outstanding faculty, and all groups receive regular coaching.
  • AlpenKammerMusik’s focus is on the canon of chamber music for strings, winds, voice, and piano. Occasionally, we may also bring in other instruments, such as guitar and percussion. During a typical day at AKM, one may hear strains of a Bach cantata, Schubert Lieder, a trio for winds, and a new work for piano quartet. Applicants make repertoire requests when applying, and requests are taken into consideration when building a balanced program for the festival.
  • The vocal component of AKM is an unusual and integral part of our festival. For some of our participant singers and instrumentalists, it is the first opportunity they have had to collaborate in a chamber music setting. The interplay of text and music, and of voice and instruments has proven to be enlightening and satisfying for all involved.
  • In addition to the intensive rehearsal schedule, AKM presents master classes, lectures, and individual instruction.
  • In free time, participants can take advantage of the many activities available in the Lesachtal region. The local innkeepers and tourism office can offer information about hiking, fishing, shopping, restaurants, and other activities. We also encourage you to bring scores and parts for any sight-reading you would like to do!
  • Most performances happen at the Kultursaal-Liesing, which is part of the local cultural and community center. The Kultursaal can seat up to 500 people and has a Bechstein grand piano. Other concerts may take place in nearby halls, churches, or schools.
  • We aim to keep AKM an intimate, special experience. Our ideal complement of participants each summer is 8 violins, 4 violas, 6 cellos, 1 double bass, 5 pianists, 2 clarinets, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 bassoon, 1 horn, 4 vocalists, and other instruments, on occasion.